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Truman Alfred "Tru" Parker IV


1939 – 2012 - | Obituary Condolences
Truman Alfred "Tru" Parker IV Obituary
Tru Parker, surrounded by loving family and friends, passed away at his home in Garden Grove, California, on February 28, 2012, after a brief illness. He was born July 10, 1939, in La Jolla to Truman A. Parker III and Maurine Brockett Parker. He had an idyllic childhood that included surfing at Windansea Beach. Upon graduation from La Jolla High School in 1957 he joined the Navy and served as a Corpsman and X-Ray Technician. After his military service he worked in pharmaceutical sales before moving to Garden Grove where he became a Real Estate Broker and owner of the successful Orange County Realty for the past thirty-two years with his business partner and friend, Lou Dionne. Active in community, local and state service, for more than twenty years he volunteered for and supported "Meals on Wheels" and encouraged others to do the same.
As an avid sportsman, he especially enjoyed water and snow skiing, mountaineering, golfing, tennis and racquetball. Always a good sport, he made lifelong friends in every endeavor he undertook.
He was quietly and deeply proud of his link to his North American Native ancestry by way of Pocahontas. A gentleman and philosopher, he had a very balanced sense of dignity, integrity and humility. Exceptionally loyal, supportive and positive, he was a gentle soul and also a man's man. As a mentor to many he has helped us all to value the joy, humor and fun in life, and above all how to love.
Tru is survived by his wife, Carol; his father-in-law, James Murray and his late mother-in-law, Blanche McCann Murray; daughters, Shellie Parker and Kellie Baker; son, Truman "Tap" Alfred Parker V; sisters, Diane Male and Mary Gray Wilson; four grandchildren, Kindra, Kristie, Zakkery and Bradley; as well as two generations of nephews and nieces.
Love endures.
Published in La Jolla Light on Mar. 22, 2012
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